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Jill

Baldivis, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • 13 reviews
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  • 210 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hit: Will Robie, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    When government hit man Will Robie is given his next target he knows he’s about to embark on his toughest mission yet. He is tasked with killing one of their own, following evidence to suggest that fellow assassin Jessica Reel has been turned. She’s leaving a trail of death in her wake, including her handler. The trap is set. To send a killer to catch a killer. But what happens when you can’t trust those who have access to the nation’s most secret intelligence?

    Kim says: "GREAT BOOK , GREAT NARRATION!!"
    "Loved it"
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    This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The characters are human and you find yourself gunning for them. No unexpected twists or turns but still a really good read. Well worth the credit.
    I have read all David Baldaccis books and this is up there as a favourite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Save Us

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Jenna Blum
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    For 50 years Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Trudy's sole evidence of the past is an old photograph: a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi officer, the Obersturnfuhrer of Buchenwald.

    Jill says: "Tried but could'nt do it"
    "Tried but could'nt do it"
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    As I am from a generation that didnt have to live through this era I have always had an interest in both sides of the story. Try as I might I couldnt get into this book. I kept coming back to it hoping I was in a better frame of mind to listen but eventually I gave up.
    I think the narrator was wrong- she sounded like a litlle girl and which was off-putting as well as very irritating. It got to the point where i didnt care what happened anymore !! which is quite disturbing as it sounded like a story that needed to be told.
    I will just have to rely on reviews and hopefully be able to work out what happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3122)
    Performance
    (2202)
    Story
    (2202)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Dont bother"
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    I gave up on it. I kept drifting off and missing details. Twice I went back thinking I had jumped chapters but No I just had blanked them out. Definately not for me
    Glad I didnt pay alot for it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Danny Mastrogiorgio, Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Forced into hiding from a mass murderer seeking vengeance, Detective Michael Bennett must decide whether to stay and protect his family, or hunt down the man who is hunting them. When Bennett arrested Manuel Perrine, he thought he had brought an end to the drug cartel boss’s reign of terror and would get justice for the murder of his best friend. But then, during the trial, Perrine escaped.In a bloody shoot-out, Bennett killed Perrine’s wife. Now he wants nothing more than to make Bennett suffer, to make him pay.

    Jill says: "Mr Patterson I am very disappointed !"
    "Mr Patterson I am very disappointed !"
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    James Patterson should be embarrassed to put his name to this book. I am an avid reader of his novels so consider myself a fair critic of his work. this would have to be the worst book I have ever had the misfortune to listen to. The family are too perfect and without giving anything away the storyline is so unbelievable I couldnt believe we were expected to stomach the things an experienced LAPD detective let his family do whilst in witness protection.
    I bought the book to read- couldnt get into it so stupidly bought the audiobook- worse mistake. Luckily it was heavily reduced - I now know why. Save your money and ask someone else what happens. Having said that I probably will give the next book a go to see if he is still insulting our intelligence. Listen at your own peril.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To the Power of Three

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    The three girls have been inseparable best friends since third grade: Josie, the athletic one; Perri, the brilliant, acerbic drama queen; and Kat, the beauty, who also had brains, grace, and a heart open to all around her. But their last day of high school becomes their final day together after one of them brings a gun to school to resolve a mysterious feud. When the police arrive, they discover two wounded girls. The third girl is dead, killed instantly by a shot to the heart.

    Steve says: "Not my cup of tea.."
    "Dull"
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    What disappointed you about To the Power of Three?

    I found the story hard to keep up with. Not sure if this was because it was abridged but it seemed to jump between present and past with no warning. Maybe I was'nt paying attention and was missing bits as my mind did tend to wander because it was quite a dull listen


    What could Laura Lippman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not sure. I think her style of writing isnt for me.


    What didn’t you like about Linda Emond’s performance?

    Her voice seemed to drone


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe try an unabridged version - its a risk as it may be even more boring to listen to and longer !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4210)
    Performance
    (3750)
    Story
    (3746)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "I was pleasantly surprised"
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    I read the other reviews and thought this sounds a bit lame. I wouldn't call myself a dog lover but I was intrigued how this would play out. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Unlike Clayton who obviously went in with great expectations I had none.As long as you aren't after any
    in-depth analysis of the two main characters psyche you should enjoy the book. I had never read any of Robert Crais previous books so had no idea how he wrote but it kept me entertained and the bond forming between the two was touching. I would definitely recommend this but don't expect anything too deep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    Given the importance of what they do and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five. His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies

    Joseph says: "Hung Jury"
    "WORTH THE CREDIT"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I haven't listened to a John Grisham for a while so had forgotten what a good storyteller he is. It had enough twists and turns to keep it really interesting . Definitely recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By G.M. Ford
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Something has been let loose in the city: an airborne horror that leaves a tunnel full of corpses below the streets of Seattle, just as experts from 50 nations are gathering downtown for an international symposium on chemical and biological weapons. As the city grinds to a halt, true-crime author Frank Corso is evacuated from his friend Meg Dougherty's first photographic exhibition. All too soon, he unwittingly establishes himself as a prime suspect in this deadly conspiracy.

    Jill says: "Good Steady Listen"
    "Good Steady Listen"
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    What did you love best about Red Tide?

    It had a good storyline. Not a lot about the virus. I did get the book thinking it would have more about that but never the less I found the story good enough to keep listening. >I enjoyed it a lot. reccomend to anyone who is after a book with a storyline you can keep up with. Not too complicated but not too light. If that makes sense !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Prodigal: An Amish-Country Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By P. L. Gaus
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    In the wooded Amish hill country, a professor at a small college, a local pastor, and the county sheriff are the only ones among the mainstream, or "English", who possess the instincts and skills to work the cases that impact all county residents, no matter their code of conduct or religious creed. When an Amish boy is kidnapped, a bishop, fearful for the safety of his followers, plunges three outsiders into the traditionally closed society of the "Plain Ones".

    Greg says: "A Solid 4 for kids"
    "Ordinary"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I found the story very hard to follow. I think it made the Amish out as very mistrusting which other books I have read havent portrayed them this way.I am still not sure I came to the same conclusion as the author.


    What was most disappointing about P. L. Gaus’s story?

    I had trouble keeping up with who was who.It also moved a bit too slowly.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Newbern’s performances?

    possibly down the track when I forget how slow it was but wont be spending a credit on it just yet.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Maybe it wasnt for me. I have listened to other Amish stories and found them really interesting but this was a bit stiff


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Butterfly's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lee Langley
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (171)

    In a Japan still rigid with tradition, an apprehensive 15-year-old tea-house girl prepares to welcome her first client. In his gleaming white uniform, Lieutenant Pinkerton walks up the hill to a house in Nagasaki to find the female he has purchased for a few weeks. When he sails away, she waits, aching for his return. It is one of the world’s great love stories. And, as the curtain falls on Madame Butterfly, Cho-Cho hands over her son to his American father, before killing herself...

    Mary Catherine says: "Unhappy"
    "Beautiful story"
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    If you could sum up Butterfly's Shadow in three words, what would they be?

    an engrossing story


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Definately


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    an enchanting story of enduring love.


    Any additional comments?

    well worth downloading. A beautifully written story and beatifully narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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